Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Program

with concentrations in: Water Resources Management; Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability



The mission of the Professional Science Master’s Program is to advance students’ knowledge of water resources management, urban sustainability and urban agriculture. The program’s innovative approach to urban sustainability prepares students to be competitive in the workforce and engage in the field as lifelong learners.


The Professional Science Master’s Program seeks to collaborate with District and regional employers to design and offer timely, high-quality graduate degrees in interdisciplinary, STEM- based specialties that are in high demand, giving UDC students a competitive edge in the global economy.


Students in the water resources management, urban sustainability and urban agriculture concentrations will:

  1. Demonstrate effective critical and problem-solving skills by applying both qualitative and quantitative approaches.
  2. Apply advanced statistical and geospatial analytical tools to make informed decisions.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism and superior oral and written communication skills.
  4. Apply both basic and state-of-the art analytical technologies in determining the quality and sustainability of natural or built environments.
  5. Apply project management and sustainability concepts to plan, execute, monitor and control a project.
  6. Monitor and assess the impact of urban development on ecosystem health and services.

Program Overview:

In the PSM program, students utilize the latest quantitative methods in preparation for the green job market in the District of Columbia and the world. The interdisciplinary nature of the program provides not only deep knowledge of the physical, chemical, and biological sciences applicable to urban systems, but it also builds skills in environmental policy, communication, business management, project management, ethics, and leadership. This diverse toolkit will uniquely equip students to tackle the challenges of building the sustainable urban communities of the future through a strong focus on food security, food and water safety, resource management, and energy efficiency.

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degree is a graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced skills in Water Resources Management. New this year, the program has expanded to offer concentrations in Urban Agriculture and Urban Sustainability. Using a combination of application and theory, the three PSM concentrations allow learners to gain hands-on experience through project design, implementation, case studies, internship programs and applied research. Additionally, communication and learning across disciplines are encouraged in order to strengthen analytical and problem solving skills.

PSM Concentration in Water Resources Management

The Water Resources Management concentration is an interdisciplinary program that prepares graduates for effective communication and problem solving skills, entrepreneurship, and technical innovation in order to address the global challenges of water availability, quality, and sustainability.

PSM Concentration in Urban Agriculture

As the nation’s only exclusively urban public land grant university, no institution is as uniquely positioned a UDC to address the lack of opportunities for professionals to gain practical knowledge and conduct applied research to address increasing demands on urban land for food production and improve urban sustainability and water security.

The Urban Agriculture concentration connects locally grown food, nutritional health, and economic empowerment to develop urban farming into thriving industry. The program offers students a chance to see sustainable research techniques applied in real-world settings such as UDC’s 143-acre Firebird Farm in Beltsville, Maryland, the university’s 3-acre mobile urban farm in Ward 7, or the 20,000 sq. ft. rooftop farm on the Van Ness campus.

PSM Concentration in Urban Sustainability

The Urban Sustainability concentration will prepare students for a wide range of urban sustainability careers and rapid advancement in business, government, and non-profit organizations by providing students with hands-on experience with sustainable projects, implementation, and maintenance. Students will learn how to create solutions for current urban sustainability challenges through case studies and internship programs.

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